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Rome-Palerme. Calme - Assez animé - Premier Mouvement
Tunis-Nefta. Modéré très rythmé - Très librement -
Christopher Bouwman oboe
Valence. Animé - Légèrement moins animé - Augmentez -
Sarabande pour Dulcinee (1932)
for the film Don Quichotte (1933)
by Georg Wilhelm Pabst (1885-1967)
Andante grazioso - Variations
Ouverture de fete (1940)
Allegro moderato - Tempo stesso - Più moderato -
Calme - Animé - Mouvement précédent - Mouvement du début
for Chamber Orchestra
Based on incidental music, 1929, for the play Un Chapeau de paille d'Italie (1851) by Eugène Marin Labiche (1815-1888)
Introduction. Allegro vivo
Cortège. Moderato molto - Animato subito -
Valse. Animato assai - Tempo di Valze - Poco più animato -
Parade. Tempo di marcia
Finale. Quasi cadenza - Vivo (Tempo di galop)
Hommage a Mozart (1956)
Rondo for Orchestra
Allegro giocoso - Stesso Tempo
Suite symphonique 'Paris' (1930)
for Chamber Orchestra
Based on incidental music, 1930, for the play Donogoo-Tonka (1930) by Jules Romains (1885-1972)
Le Métro. Moderato assai - Allegro
Faubourgs. Moderato - Allegro vivo - Meno mosso -
La Mosquée de Paris. Moderato - Tempo giusto
Restaurant au Bois de Boulogne. Tempo di Valse -
Le Paquebot 'Île -de-France'. Moderato - Quasi lento -
Parade Foraine. Tempo giusto - Presto
Scherzo for Orchestra
Allegro vivace - Moderato assai - Nobile, con bravura -
Total time: 82:15
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
25-27 June 2015
Neeme Järvi and the OSR continue their exploration of French orchestral music with this fourth album: a merry collection from the best of the vigorously ebullient music of Jacques Ibert.
Among the numerous winners of the famous Prix de Rome between its institution by Napoleon in 1803 and its abandonment in 1968, the twentieth century provides us with repertoire works from only one composer: Jacques Ibert, whose characteristically clear orchestration is emphasised by strong melodic lines and supported by lively ostinato patterns in the bass. At the same time, the album reveals what an eclectic composer Ibert was. The contrast between his two best-known pieces is a perfect example: Divertissement, for small orchestra, is light-hearted, even frivolous; Escales..., on the other hand, is a ripely romantic work for large orchestra.
Like the previous recordings in this series, the unique acoustic of Geneva’s Victoria Hall is perfectly captured in surround sound on this SACD.
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Nominee for Best Orchestral Performance Award 2017
59th Annual Grammy Award Nominee
“... The sound quality of this Chandos release is truly outstanding in every regard: balance, depth and detail are state-of-the-art, enabling us to appreciate the music and Neeme Järvi’s interpretations... the music is well worth having in one’s collection, and enhances the listener’s experience of this exceptionally gifted and most admirable composer...” *****
Robert Matthew-Walker – classicalSource.com – December 2016
"... Much to relish, splendid playing and recording... a winner!"
Christopher Dingle - BBC Music magazine - June 2016
“... A terrific, life-enhancing album – Järvi’s tempi make this entertaining music sing, and the Suisse Romande’s playing is pin-sharp. Handsomely recorded too.”
Graham Rickson theartsdesk.com 30 April 2016
“... [Escales] gets one of its finest performances on disc, superbly nuanced, and quite exquisitely played. It’s the rest of the CD, though, that makes it special... the disc allows Järvi to show off his Swiss orchestra to perfection. Very fine.”
Tim Ashley Gramophone magazine May 2016
"... Not only is it a tantalising programme, at more than 80 minutes’ playing time it’s also a very generous one... seriously good sonics."
Dan Morgan - MusicWeb-International.com - 6 April 2016
Performance: ****½ Sonics: *****
“... The OSR perform each of these works with their customary refinement and élan... Ibert’s kaleidoscopic orchestration deserves the finest recorded sound and it definitely receives it here. Ralph Couzen’s engineering has yielded a beautifully open and spacious recording with a wide dynamic range and excellent balances that does full justice to the scintillating orchestral playing and the fine acoustic of the Victoria hall, Geneva. Informative liner notes from Roger Nichols and a very generous playing time of 82.15 make this delectable disc a winner.”
Graham Williams - HRAudio.net - 26 March 2016
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Chandos Records is one of the world's premier classical music record companies, best known for its ground breaking search for neglected musical gems. The company has pioneered the idea of the 'series' and proudly includes series of such composers as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Parry, Walton, Grainger, Berkeley and Bridge. Renowned for its superb sound quality, Chandos has won many prestigious awards for its natural sound.